Why context is important

Earlier today I saw the following tweet sent by the account of one of India's preeminent newspapers: The fact that 1 in 4 people in the world's most technologically advanced country had no knowledge of one of the primary tenets of science came as a shock to me, as it did to everyone else reading … Continue reading Why context is important

Is objectivity in science possible?

Most scientists will tell you that the fashionable field of philosophy of science has failed spectacularly to influence how practicing scientists work or to provide any clues to the operation of any part of the universe. Nowhere has the clash been as obvious as on the battlegrounds of epistemology, which is concerned with the nature … Continue reading Is objectivity in science possible?

Perceptions are landscapes. Memories are works of art.

I was not feeling well. In a feverish delirium, and for no apparent reason, I began to recall a house I often visited in my childhood. I remembered that when I last visited this house, it seemed greatly in need of repairs. The family that lived there had fallen on hard times. It seemed that … Continue reading Perceptions are landscapes. Memories are works of art.